Community Gardens Development

Training Series

Community Gardens Development Training (CGDT) provides community residents with technical assistance, leadership training, horticulture education and start-up materials. This training ultimately helps to carry out the mission of the Civic Garden Center, extending the impact to a broad number of people in Cincinnati. This class is also a great resource for folks interested in becoming involved in an existing community garden or vegetable gardening at home. These classes are free of charge! Many classes are hands-on workshops. CGDT is sponsored in part by the Meshewa Farm Foundation.  For information on 2019 CGDT classes contact  Click here to complete an application for the series..

HUB Garden Classes*

These classes are held in one of our HUB Community Gardens and are designed to help you get the most from your garden and the seasonal produce it yields. They are free and open to anyone interested. Please join us in one or all of the gardens! Keep checking back for Environmental Education Workshops coming to these gardens later this summer.  Dates, places and times are listed below. 

Hub Garden classes are sponsored in part through a generous grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.





Saturday, November 9th, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Carisa Hund-Bunten
Cost: $20
In this hands on tincture workshop participants will hone their nature harnessing skills while making and taking their own tincture. Learn about what defines a true tincture as well as the differences between an essence, extract, infusion, and glyceride. The approach of the instruction is based on folk methods and casual empowerment. After this D.I.Y. you will know how to stock an herbal apothecary of your very own. To register, click here.

Plant Adaptations

Tuesday, November 19th, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Greg Torres, CGC Horticulturist
Cost: $15 (free for CGC volunteers)

The intention of this presentation is to introduce several broad concepts about plants so that the audience can understand the deep historical connections between plants and animals. Topics including species biogeography, pollination syndromes and seed dispersal syndromes as well as evolutionary anachronisms in our local forests are sure to leave the listener thinking in a different way about our native ecology.  To register, click here.


Greens Gatherings

Join us for a CGC annual event! Bring your pruners, wire-cutters and scissors and we’ll provide a bundle of fresh cut greens, some warm refreshments and holiday spirit. A limited quantity of extra greens, novelties and ribbon will be available for purchase. Cost: $30. Registration is limited so reserve your spot early!  Choose from these three classes:

Bring Your Own Container I: Porch Pot or Centerpiece

Friday, December 6, 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Cost: $30.00

Whether your container is an old family favorite, found item or recent purchase, we’re here to help you channel your inner artist to visualize and realize a beautiful table decoration or pot arrangement for your porch. Bring any accents you’d like to include in your creation or choose from the extra special ingredients we’ll have available for purchase. To register, click here.

Bring Your Own Container II: Porch Pot or Centerpiece

Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

This is a second session in which participants can construct a beautiful table decoration or pot arrangement for your porch. To register, click here.

Wreaths, Garlands & Swags

Saturday, December 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: $30.00

Decorate outdoors or indoors with a wreath, garland or swag that you crafted yourself! We provide greens, seasonal berries, frames, mechanics and expert instruction from trusted crafters. Feel free to bring any embellishments to suit your taste or décor. To register, click here.